“The Face At The Window” by Kiran Manral.
The story takes us back in time, to the life of Mrs. McNally, who is at the fag end of her life. Her life has held many secrets and she is wondering whether she should document her life story for her daughter and granddaughter to know the truth after her death. However, she is visited not only by the ghosts of her past but also a very real ghost who brings a twist in the story of her life, one that she never expected.
What I liked:
The story is gripping and pretty scary. It keeps you wondering till the end. Mrs. Mcnally’s character is absolutely real life and you can actually visualise her as an old Anglo-Indian teacher.
Ms. Manral has a way with words and uses them well. One of my favourite parts of the book is the way she describes love, “Was she grown enough to know of the love that tore you apart and patched you together so that you were never quite yourself again, to know that hearts got broken and mended and broken again, to feel the gaps between successive loves rattle with the hollowness that comes from pieces of the heart being scooped out.”
What I didn’t like:
Too many people die. Some of the deaths could have been avoided. Also her ending is a bit abrupt like her other books . You are left with wanting to know more. There are a lot of unanswered questions.
All in all:
A good book. It will keep you gripped till the end and may even scare the faint hearted. Please do not read this book if you are alone at home at night. Ms. Manral has come a long way from her first book, “The Reluctant Detective” There is a marked improvement both in her style of writing and the strength of her characters.
You can read about my interview with Kiran Manral on my blog here.
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